Today is a good day. After blowing my budget to oblivion with the purchase of an Otho, Vitellius, and Caligula, today I added insult to injury by nuking the ashes of what was once formerly known as my coin budget. But it was well worth it, see for yourself. There was a time Britain was an empire with overseas possessions, a monarch who styled himself as an Emperor from his throne room in London, and a mighty navy ruled the waves. No, this is not the British Empire, but rather the lesser known Britannic Empire of the 3rd Century CE. CARAUSIUS. 286-293 AD. Antoninianus (22mm, 3.92 gm). Londinium (London) mint. IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / PA-X A-VG, Pax standing left, holding branch and transverse sceptre; B-E//MLXXI. RIC V 118. VF Carausius received a command from Maximian to fight pirates off the coast of Britain. However, Maximian then decided to kill Carausius (just one of the long list of bad ideas that occured to Maximian). Carausius learned of this and decided to revolt. He carved out Britania and Northern Gaul to himself and would hold it successfully for 7 years, defeating Roman attempts to reconquer Britain thanks to his mighty Britannic fleets. Unfortunately, in 293 CE the good times came to an end after he was usurped and assassinated by another usurper, Allectus. Within 3 years Allectus managed to lose the Britannic Empire, and the rest is history as the crisis-filled 3rd Century gave way to a more stable Roman world and the rise of Christianity. Now you see why this coin is so special. Being a huge fan of the Crisis of the 3rd Century and the Secessionist Empires, I could not pass this up. I needed to have the self-styled Emperor of the North, who for a brief period at the end of the 3rd Century, created a proto-British Empire and gave the Romans a bloody nose. Also, most of Carausius' coins are in terrible shape, but this one is a superb example with a nice portrait. I just had to get it. Share any relevant coins. PS: RIP 2018 coin budget. You died so young. You shall be sorely missed.